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Los Angeles (USA), Oct 18 (EFE) .- The Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP, in English), which includes film and television studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., Netflix and Amazon, will raise to 62% the salaries of employees with the lowest remuneration in their filming.
The increase was one of the demands of the main union of the entertainment industry, Iatse, who had threatened to call their first strike in more than a century of history if they failed to strike a deal by the weekend.
Increased salaries, breaks between filming sessions and increases in health insurance are some of the commitments signed in the new agreement, published this Monday the specialized newspapers The Wrap and Deadline.
On Saturday, the union and management announced that they had reached an agreement to avoid a strike that threatened to stop the entertainment industry in the US, although they did not break down the details of the negotiation.
According to The Wrap, employees on the lowest salary scale will go from earning $ 16 an hour to earning $ 26, well above the $ 19.35 required to cover the cost of living in Los Angeles, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology classification.
Iatse (International Alliance of Stage Employees) represents many of the workers who perform tasks behind the lights, such as light and sound technicians, camera operators, set designers and makeup artists.
Most of its members have temporary contracts with the studios, generally linked to a specific project, and the conditions are set according to the guidelines agreed between the union and the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (Amptp).
Some employees had long complained that salaries had not been adjusted to the rising cost of living in large American cities and that they were unable to pay the rents despite having been in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years.
According to the Deadline medium, the rest of the work improvements include an annual salary increase of 3% for the rest of the professionals, increase in the number of breaks and holidays, more contributions to pension plans and health insurance, in addition to equalizing sick leave for the entire sector in the United States.
The strike had been approved on October 4 by 98% of the affiliates And, if it had gone ahead, it would have paralyzed the majority of productions in fundamental states for the audiovisual industry such as California, New York or Georgia. EFE
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.